The EDF Energy Networks graduate scheme

EDF Energy aims for all those on its graduate scheme to achieve Chartered Engineer status.

The EDF Energy Networks graduate scheme 2010 intake The EDF Energy Networks graduate scheme lasts for two years and is made up of four areas.

Area one is the induction period, which lasts up to three months. Here the graduates initial training takes place.

"It starts with an introduction to EDF Energy as a whole and offers a more in depth insight into EDF Energy Networks," says Jo Hyde, EDF Energy's professional trainees team leader. "They then have a training programme to complete. Examples of the courses they attend are Prince 2, IOSH, NRSWA training as well as the EDF Energy Networks Specific training."

When area two begins the graduates move into their placement rotation. During this graduate scheme there are three placements, each lasting six months.

Graduate scheme placements

"The first is in the Network Operation area (field based)," says Hyde. "This gives the students a great overall knowledge of how our network runs.

"The next two placements are more office based - in the Asset Management and Design Build and Connect areas of the business. This allows the graduates to understand how projects are received, designed and delivered. It also allows them to be responsible for their own projects during their time here. Asset Management gives them a good understanding of how me manage our assets and maintain the network to the best cost and supply efficiency."

Once the graduates have completed their placements, they should know what role they will be going into once completing the graduate programme. Area three is the orientation phase that allows them to spend up to three months becoming familiar with the location, team and role that they will be doing.

The fourth and final area is called their first supported role. This is the first role that they go into once completing the graduate scheme and they are still supported during this time. It is expected that they would stay in these roles for 18-24 months, longer if it is seen to still be developing them fully.

The application process for the EDF Energy Networks graduate scheme

"The application process changes slightly from year to year, but based on last year, candidates submitted an online application which included general info about their studies, subjects and grades achieved etc and then four competency questions," says Hyde.

"Following initial screen, those who got through the first stage screen were taken through a phone interview and were asked to complete an online numerical reasoning test. Successful candidates were then invited to the assessment centre, which was a two day event. The first day was made up of group exercises and two ability tests, and the next day involved an interview.

When to apply to the EDF Energy Networks graduate scheme

If you're interested in applying, the company opens its website for applications in September with a closing date towards the end of December. Assessment centre events are held in February and March.